How to Enable App Lock on Facebook Messenger

July 26, 2020

Keep those messages private.

After being introduced to WhatsApp, Facebook has also introduced App Lock on Messenger. This allows you to put a password on the app that would need to be entered every time to open it. It’s another step in enhancing the privacy features of Messenger, which is now one of the most used messaging apps in the world.

App Lock has started rolling out to users though, at the moment, it seems that it is only available for iOS (as my Pixel still lacks the feature). This tutorial is from the iPhone, but the steps should also be similar for Android users.

I turned on App Lock on the iPhone 11 Pro, which integrated with Face ID that now verifies my face every time I open it. The process should also be the same if you’re using an iPhone with Touch ID. Also, make sure you have the latest version of Messenger installed on your smartphone before proceeding.

Open the Messenger app and your profile on the upper left part.

This will take you inside the Settings menu. Look for Privacy.

Inside, search for App Lock.

Inside the App Lock menu, turn on the function that says Require Face ID. You can also choose how frequently the app will be locked.

And you’re done! The next time you open Messenger, it will automatically scan and authenticate your face before it opens.

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by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.